Sol Flores’ Statement:
“I congratulate Commissioner Garcia on his historic election as the Democratic nominee to replace Rep. Luis Gutierrez in the 4th Congressional District. I am confident that he will serve our community well,” said Sol Flores. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support I received over the last three months. I raised my hand to run because I believed Congress needs someone from my gender and my generation and with my experience in the community if we are going to change the culture and the policies that affect women and families. I have dedicated my life’s work to serving young people and families, and I will continue to fight for the issues our community cares about: affordable and accessible health care, equal pay for women, immigration reform, and so much more. There is no doubt in my mind that we need more diverse voices at the table, and I will continue to encourage women, especially women of color, to raise their hands like I did to fight for the issues we care about.”
Sol Flores was born and raised in Chicago by a single mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico and worked hard to climb out of poverty. By age 13, Sol was working to help support her family and eventually pay her way through college. Fifteen years ago, Sol gave up a business career to create La Casa Norte, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of homeless Latino and African American youth and families. Sol was recognized by the Obama White House as a national Champion of Change for her work. Sol also serves on the boards of the Latino Policy Forum, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund and Kuumba Lynx. She is an appointed member of the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. Sol was endorsed by Emily’s List, Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines PAC, PODER PAC, NOW PAC and Illinois NOW as well as State Senators Toi Hutchinson and Iris Martinez, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz, and Ann Williams, Aldermen Deb Mell and Ameya Pawar, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, and Committeeman Lucy Moog.